Foley vies with upperclassmen for QB job Top Terps freshman knows day will come

August 11, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland's once and future quarterbacks passed each other yesterday with barely a nod, symbolically passing the baton.

On the day when new coach Mark Duffner began testing and drilling his freshman recruits, Jim Sandwisch stopped by. The visit by last year's Terps quarterback was without any deep significance.

"I've been working construction and waiting to hear if I've got a job with the Secret Service," Sandwisch said. "Otherwise, I've been at the pool working on my tan."

Sandwisch has only a nodding acquaintance with Kevin Foley, the most heralded of the three quarterbacks in the freshman class of 21, the one who could become Maryland's quarterback of the mid-1990s.

"I don't have expectations of anything this year," Foley said. "I'm going to give 100 percent and keep my mouth shut. The coaches told me: 'Give it your all and see what happens.' "

Foley, 6 feet 2, 185 pounds, is from Cherry Hill (N.J.) East High, the same school as another incoming freshman, tight end Erik Henry. An honor roll student ("I don't know my GPA, but I got all A's and B's"), Foley was considered one of the top prep quarterbacks in the East.

"Ideally, we'd like to redshirt the quarterbacks in this class," said quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen. "It would give them an extra year to learn and to become acclimated to academics. But we'll field the best team we can, even if it means playing freshmen."

Senior John Kaleo and redshirt freshman Scott Milanovich came out of spring practice sharing the No. 1 job, with sophomore Tony Scarpino close behind, followed by redshirt freshman Tom Marchese. Their performances in the coming weeks will determine what the coaches do with Foley.

Foley chose Maryland over Boston College, Miami, North Carolina and West Virginia for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the lure of Duffner's run-and-shoot offense.

"It fits well with me," Foley said. "I like to throw on the run, unlike my older brother Glenn [a junior at Boston College], who likes to pass out of the pocket."

The run-and-shoot features four wide receivers, preferably very quick, who try to create mismatches against slower linebackers.

"We hope for long gainers on short throws, with the quick receivers making extra yardage by running upfield," Christensen said. "We try to make the defense spread out in order to cover the receivers."

Easily the fastest runner among the recruits is wide receiver Jermaine Lewis of Lanham, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High in Prince George's County. His 40-yard -- times during yesterday's tests were 4.3 seconds or better.

"A couple of times, it was 4.2 and change," Duffner said. "He's the fastest I've ever seen. He had the best time of any schoolboy in the country for 100 meters [10.3] and was state champ in the 200."

The freshmen will practice twice today and twice tomorrow before the varsity reports Thursday.

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